Mohawk Council Observes Passing of Former Tsi Snaihne District Chief George Wakiá:s “WhiteGas” Adams

It is with a heavy heart that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has learned about the passing of former Tsi Snaihne District Chief George Wakiá:s “Whitegas” Adams. George peacefully entered into the spirit world surrounded by his loved ones on July 3, 2018. 

Whitegas was a valuable and respected leader of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. He served 1 term from 1997-2000 as a Tsi Snaihne District Chief. He had vast knowledge on our language, medicines and the history of Akwesasne.

Whitegas was an avid trapper and angler, and was well known for protecting and fighting for our inherent rights as Onkwehonwe. He was well-known for the participation in the Supreme Court of Canada case R. vs Adams (1996) that ensured the constitutional protection of traditional fishing rights for all First Nations in Canada.  His leadership and effort was instrumental to the positive outcome of that case. 

In observance of his passing, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne extends sincere condolences to his family, friends and to the community of Akwesasne. 

To honor this courageous leader, all MCA flags are flown at “half-staff” to remember Whitegas. 


The MCA Government Buildings (G & L Buildings 1 and 2) that house Grand Chief and Council, Mohawk Government and ARRO will be closing at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to honor the former chief, and to allow current council members and staff to attend funeral services.

Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, East Branch, 614 First Street East (613-933-2841). Visitation will be held at the Homemakers Centre in Snye from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 until time of Service on Wednesday. Funeral Wednesday, July 11, 2018 for Service in the Homemakers Centre at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolences may be left at